Fred Williams (1973) Lysterfield Landscape.

Williams is one of Australia’s most revered abstract landscape painters. This piece helped make him an icon. The composition evokes a triptych structure, with its depiction of the swamp, hills and sky.

When I studied art at school, I disliked Williams’ work because there were a group of boys who would make bland replicas. Over time, I have learned to appreciate the texture and emotion in Williams’ paintings. His reverence for the unique palette of the Australian bush has won me over. Over the past six years, I have taken many long drives interstate and not once did I fail to revel in the beauty of the Victorian countryside without thinking of Williams’ art.

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